Sunday, April 6, 2014

The dime box frankenset, Page 21: Numbers 181-189

Welcome to another Frankenset Sunday!

I can't believe that a week of the baseball season is already in the books. Although my fantasy team has had a few injuries thus far, it's been a good first few games for my squad.

All in all, I'm just happy that baseball is finally back. I can't wait until I can soak in more games over the summer months.

I'm also looking forward to a summer full of frankenset posts.

Here's another page coming at you.

Completion status: 9/9...completed page!

Numbers needed: None.

The card: 2004 Topps #181 Jason Michaels

Why it made the cut...

In some ways, this card is part of the inspiration for my frankenset.

I saw it week after week in a dime box at the local flea market, but passed on it each time. After all, I didn't collect Jason Michaels. And, as was my train of thought at the time, what's the point of buying a card of a guy who isn't in my binders?

That changed one week when I finally decided to drop a shiny FDR on Mr. Michaels. At some point, I decided the card was just too cool not to own. Huge mitts like those are always good for a laugh.

As time went on, I began to pick up more fun cards of guys I didn't collect. Eventually, the process snowballed into the creation of this entire non-binder guy frankenset.

It's one of the best decisions I've made as a collector.

And a lot of it can be traced back to Jason Michaels.

The card: 1984 Fleer #182 Glenn Hubbard

Why it made the cut...

One of the fun things about building a frankenset is that there's always a possibility that a better card can come along and knock someone else out of a particular slot.

You just never know when that next upgrade is going to come.

However, in the case of Glenn Hubbard, I can say with about 99.99 percent certainty that he has a permanent hold on the #182 slot in my frankenset.

Most longtime collectors have probably seen this card at some point. It's one of the more iconic cards in Fleer's history, and definitely one of my five favorite cards in this frankenset.

I don't see anything coming along that could knock this one out.

Still, you never know.

Maybe there's a komodo dragon card floating around out there.

The card: 1992 Upper Deck #183 Chris Hoiles

Why it made the cut...

Of the last four frankenset pages I've posted, three have featured a Chris Hoiles "play at the plate".

That has to be some sort of record.

Hoiles is a PATP god.

The card: 1998 Topps #184 Jeff Montgomery

Why it made the cut...

I actually received this one in a trade package I haven't yet posted on the blog.

You'll see it again around here soon enough, but Mr. Montgomery certainly didn't have too much competition in locking down this frankenset slot.

Topps obviously attempted to play on the whole "fireman" theme with this one. As much as I want to like 1998 Topps for quirky photos like these, I come up short each time.

I just can't get past that horrific design.

The card: 1993 Upper Deck #185 Tony Pena

Why it made the cut...

This, my friends, is the definition of a perfectly framed baseball card.

I guess it's fitting that it comes from such a legendary set like 1993 Upper Deck.

The card: 2000 Ultra #186 Justin Thompson

Why it made the cut...

Pitcher at the plate!

Plus, you have a nice bunting shot and a sweet horizontal frame. Oh, and Thompson is a rare American League "pitcher at the plate" nominee.

This card fires on all cylinders.

The card: 2014 Topps #187 Justin Turner

Why it made the cut...

It's our first 2014 frankenset nominee!

Justin Turner earns that distinction with this terrific double play shot.

I'm looking forward to seeing what other frankenset hits the year has in store.

The card: 1993 Fleer #188 Gary DiSarcina

Why it made the cut...

Another double dip!

I've never been huge on 1993 Fleer, but this is a beauty.

The card: 1981 Donruss #189 Pete Vuckovich

Why it made the cut...

Part of the reason I love collecting "pitchers at the plate" is because of their unfamiliarity.

There's just something inherently strange about seeing guys who pitch for a living taking their hacks.

Still, if the image of Pete Vuckovich with a bat in his hands looks vaguely familiar to you, you're not alone. Something about it struck me when I first received this card.

It took a while until I found out that Vuckovich played menacing slugger Clu Haywood in the first Major League movie.

That's where you've seen him before.

I mean, you've seen Major League, right?

If not, do yourself a favor and watch it RIGHT NOW.

It's a rite of passage for every baseball fan.

1 comment:

petethan said...

That Montgomery cracks me up. Looks like the cover of some middle-aged housewife romance novel, or something...